Blizzard vets get iFund money for iPhone development

Booyah is a new Silicon Valley startup headed up by Keith Lee, Brian Morrisroe and Sam Christiansen. On Thursday the company announced it has secured $4.5 million in Series A financing from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) from KPCB’s “iFund.”

Booyah plans to release “an innovative and compelling entertainment product, which will be revealed this spring,” according to a press release.

Lee, the company’s CEO and founder, was lead producer for Diablo III by Blizzard Entertainment, the newest edition of the “dungeon crawl” action game still in development. Prior to Blizzard Lee worked at Insomniac Games, where he was project manager and lead programmer for the Ratchet & Clank series. Morrisroe is chief creative officer and founder, and his background also includes time at Blizzard, where he was art director for Diablo III and art lead for World of Warcraft. Christiansen, the company’s third founder and chief technology officer, was a senior programmer for Diablo III and also worked at Insomniac Games.

The iFund was announced in March, 2008, to fund iPhone and iPod touch application developers. Ngmoco, the highly successful iPhone game publisher behind titles like Rolando and Dropship, has also received investment capital from the iFund.

Booyah is deliberately vague about what, exactly, the new iPhone app will be, but it encourages people with an interest to sign up for an upcoming beta-test on its Web site.

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